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Silent Running

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In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.


  • Bruce Dern
  • Cliff Potts
  • Ron Rifkin
  • Jesse Vint
  • Mark Persons
  • Steven Brown
  • Cheryl Sparks
  • Larry Whisenhunt
  • Joseph Campanella
  • Roy Engel

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Despite the triteness of the theme (Dern is in charge of maintaining the last remnants of the earth's vegetation), the film is enjoyable for its intimacy, seriousness, and intelligent character work, virtues not perpetuated by the subsequent new wave.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A movie out of the ordinary -- especially if you like science fiction.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Silent Running is no jerry-built science fiction film, but it's a little too simple-minded to be consistently entertaining.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times